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NAHETS Heavy Equipment Training Going to Saudi Arabia and Middle East

Posted by nahets on December 21, 2007

Mike Martens and Hussain Al-Zaiban after the meeting

From: Mike Martens, Director of Operations-NAHETS

This picture was taken on Dec 16th on the steps of the administrative headquarters of Saudi Aramco-Operations Division. The man to my right is Hussain Al-Zaiban, managing partner and president of Four Hands Construction Company. We had just completed a meeting (lasting 1 1/2 hrs) with eleven operations department heads and the chairman of the Saudi Council of Lift (Crane) Engineers.

Hussain and I announced that we had agreed on a working arrangement to bring NAHETS training to Saudi Arabia with Four Hands Company to take the lead as the training organization utilizing NAHETS curriculum and training methods. Four Hands would provide NAHETS standard of training to Saudi Arabia and to the entire Middle East.

The Aramco managers were extremely interested in establishing crane and rigging training and subsequent certification (for entry level and experienced operators) to comply with NAHETS/NCCCO standards. The Heavy Equipment Operator courses were of special interest to the managers of roads and infrastructure department.

The NAHETS simulator training was seen as also adding value to the training process.

We were asked as to the timetable for beginning the program and when told of the delay in processing the school license, we were told that this training was needed sooner and that they, Aramco, would exert their influence in speeding up the administrative timetable.

I would also commend Hussain and the staff of Four Hands Construction for the hospitality that was shown to me during my stay there; especially for the barbque immediately following the Aramco meeting.

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MAMMOET North America Interested in NAHETS OCC Campus Graduates

Posted by nahets on December 14, 2007

About four weeks ago the Oklahoma College of Construction (OCC) Director of Training Services, Scotty Gecks, received a phone call. The voice on the other end said, “This is Doug Allen Crane Division Manager for Mammoet USA. Mark Bell, our Operations Manager and I would like to visit your school next week. Do you think that would be possible?” You may have already guessed his reply was “Yes.”

During their visit, Doug and Mark spent time with students in the classroom and in the field. Their main message to the students was willingness, dependability, and attitude are what is needed at Mammoet. Doug and Mark said our six week crane program would fit well with their recruiting and training program. They accepted resumes from interested students and said that OCC’s crane program, personnel, and facilities far exceeded their expectations. They asked for return visits and will send us educational and promotional material.

Jerry McGinnis (OCC President), Doug Allen, Mark Bell, and Scotty Gecks (OCC Director Training Services)

Mammoet (which is Dutch for Mammal) is a world wide specialist in heavy and complex lifting and transportation projects. They have over 1600 employees operating from more than 40 locations in 32 countries. They offer a wide array of engineering, lift, and transport services in the petrochemical and chemical industries. They are also involved in offshore construction, mining, energy, and civil engineering. The USA division includes the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, and Trinidad. This division is managed out of Rosharon, Texas where Doug’s and Mark’s offices are located. Mammoet is also involved in integrated logistical transport solutions using its hydraulic cranes, barges and multi-axle self-propelled transport units.

As President of Oklahoma College of Construction (Jerry McGinnis) I am looking forward to the future meetings with Mammoet. We have been meeting with various associations and companies in the industry this past year to discuss potential business affiliations. This meeting with Mammoet was an unexcpected surprise, but also evidence that our efforts to reach out to the industry are getting through to significant companies and associations.

The Oklahoma College of Construction is a member school of the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools (NAHETS).

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NAHETS Sets Sails to Hawaii

Posted by nahets on December 7, 2007

When people talk about going to Hawaii it usually is associated with vacations, luaus, snorkeling, sight seeing, surfing, and so on. It is the ultimate tropical paradise. But just like any other state in the U.S., more goes on there than just vacations and having fun. One important event that took place in Honolulu is the annual National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Convention. The NIEA was founded in 1969 to support traditional Native cultures and values, and also to enable Natives to improve their communities through educational opportunities and resources. The NIEA works with Native Americans throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.

38th Annual NIEA Convention: Return to Cultural Honor and Caring

The National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools (NAHETS) was an educational exhibitor at this year’s convention. Over 3,400 Indian education advocates attended the convention and participated in over 220 workshops. Each advocate expressed concrete, statistical information on Indian education. NAHETS Native American Liaison, Sharla Patterson, represented NAHETS and instructed the educators about the educational opportunities available through NAHETS’ heavy equipment operating programs. She showed the attendees that NAHETS education and training curriculum can help the NIEA mission become a reality; i.e., provide Native Americans throughout the U.S. a real and lasting education in construction equipment operating that will improve both the society in which they live and also their own lives.

Contact Information

For more information dealing with NAHETS and Native American Associations please call Sharla Patterson at 480-248-0731.

Conference attendees visiting the NAHETS exhibit booth Conference attendees visiting the NAHETS exhibit booth

Tessa Patterson (daughter), Sharla Patterson, Sharon Norris (Tohono Oodham Nation) sightseeing on the North Shore.

NIEA Pow Wow participants with Tessa Patterson





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Construction and Heavy Equipment Jobs . . . For Women Too

Posted by nahets on December 3, 2007

For those of us who know construction workers and heavy equipment operators, I am sure most of them are males. Lets face it, shopping and bulldozers just don’t seem to match up all that well; however, many of us will be surprised to learn that there are more women employed in construction and heavy equipment industries than we would think.

The U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau keeps track of statistics for nontraditional occupations for women. Here are some relevant statistics in construction and heavy equipment occupations.*

Construction and Heavy Equipment Occupations

Although the statistics do not show a high percentage of women involved in these occupations, it is obvious that hundreds of thousands of females across the United States are interested in or already are employed in construction jobs, including heavy equipment operating. Similar trends hold true for countries outside of the United States as well. The following is a summary from an article written on November 8, 2007 by Matthew Craze on entitled, Andean Women Use Gentle Touch to Conquer Monster Mining Trucks”:

South America’s mining industry is being flooded by women who come mainly from the Andean Mountains to work as mining truck drivers. The main reason the women do this is because it greatly increases their income compared to typical work in the villages and communities they live in. As would be expected by some, the men did not believe that these women would last under the harsh mining and weather conditions; however, many women feel the same way as mining truck driver, Patricia Guajardo, who said, “The winters can be very harsh, but I love it.”

Despite concerns or issues regarding the performance of these female equipment operators, many industry personnel actually say the women have a better touch in operating than some men do. Cristian Silva, a truck and earth-moving equipment trainer for Caterpillar, Inc., said “Women tend to take more care of the machine and don’t abuse the brakes or the engine…Operating the machine better means more profits.” This is one of the main reason mining companies in South America, such as Barrick Gold Corp. and BHP Billiton Ltd, like the female operators—their performance actually cut costs and increase output.

Female Heavy Equipment Operator It is a win-win situation with these South American women becoming equipment operators for mining companies. It not only allows the women to increase their lifestyle and show their capabilities but it also brings in profit for the mining companies. There have been few minor difficulties in hiring women operators (some have legs that are too short to operate and it can be hard to find them because many women stay home with children). Despite these obstacles, it has been a positive experience for both the women and mining companies of South America.

Until 1993, women were banned from working at mines in Chile. By 2005, women made up 4.3 percent of the mining workforce in Chile, according to Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer.*

So it appears that it is safe to say that women can experience success in construction and heavy equipment work, just as men can.


*(1) Nontraditional Occupations for Women in 2006. U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau. Retrieved November 26, 2007 from

*(2) Craze, Matthew. (November 2007). Andean Women Use Gentle Touch to Conquer Monster Mining Trucks. Retrieved November 22, 2007 from

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